US Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has been praised for his anti-abortion stance by the Family Research Council, is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, and is one of the sponsors of a current bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. He also, apparently, encouraged the woman with whom he was having an affair to have an abortion. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette got its hands on text messages sent between Murphy and Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist Murphy last month admitted to having an affair with.
"And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options," Edwards texted Murphy in January after an anti-abortion message was posted on his official Facebook page. The post read, in part: "It is a tragic shame that America is leading the world in discarding and disregarding the most vulnerable." Murphy replied to Edwards, passing the blame for the post. "Staff does them," he said. "I read them and winced. I told staff don't write any more." Murphy hasn't commented on the texts. The 20-week abortion ban he cosponsored passed the House on Tuesday, the Hill reports. (Read more abortion stories.)